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While filming their academy award-winning musical drama, A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga established a close bond that carried into real-life. Though their on-screen chemistry helped the two become great friends, Cooper aiding the singer in overcoming her biggest insecurity may have played a major role in them forming a special bond.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Like her Ally, Lady Gaga didn’t believe she was naturally beautiful

Like us, celebrities also have insecurities — and Lady Gaga has been open about hers throughout the years.

Though she always dazzles on red carpets and in her music videos, the “Bad Romance” singer hasn’t always been confident with how she looks. In fact, Gaga told Glamour in 2013 that she doesn’t consider herself “conventionally beautiful” but shared she’s OK with that.

“If there was some sort of mathematical equation for beauty, I don’t know if I would be the algorithm,” she explained. “I’ve always been OK with that. I’m not a supermodel. That’s not what I do. What I do is music. I want my fans to feel the way I do, to know what they have to offer is just as important, more important, than what’s happening on the outside.”

Although Gaga claimed that she would rather be recognized for her music than her looks, she still dealt with natural beauty being her biggest insecurity.

Even more so when she auditioned to play Ally in the fourth incarnation of the musical drama, A Star Is Born.

Bradley Cooper helped Lady Gaga deal with her insecurity

While sitting down with the LA Times in 2018, the “Bad Romance” singer revealed that there had been moments she hasn’t felt beautiful and has never seen herself as the prettiest woman in the room.

“I’m so insecure,” she revealed to the outlet. “I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach.”

Though she’s hidden this insecurity away for years, Gaga admits she was forced to tackle it head-on while auditioning for A Star Is Born back in 2016.


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Speaking to the outlet, Gaga revealed that before doing a screen test for the movie, she showed up to the audition in a full face of makeup, which was certainly not unusual for the star.

But when co-star and film director Bradley Cooper saw her, he told her to “take it off” while holding a makeup wipe in his hand.

“He wanted no makeup on my face during the screen test,” the Grammy winner recalled. “He took a makeup wipe and wiped it down my face. And I was, like, trying to trick him with my ‘no-makeup makeup.’ He looked at the makeup wipe and it was all, you know, brown and concealer and he was like, ‘Take it off!'”

Though it sounds cringeworthy, Gaga admits that that was just what she needed to overcome her insecurity.

“It put me right in the place I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels — that was real,” Gaga added.

Although she hasn’t spoken about her insecurity since, Gaga clearly embraced the beauty she possesses as Stefani Germanotta and not the pop persona which made her famous — all thanks to Cooper.